Bananas like to ripen at the very very tropical Bronx refrigeration plant
December 20, 2011 2:47 PM Subscribe
Spaces of banana control.
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A visit to one of the four major artificial banana ripening facilities in New York City, for a research seminar on the "Artificial Cryosphere."
The article is jam-packed with great "did-you-know" factoids:
- "The energy coming off a box of ripening bananas could heat a small apartment."
- There are seven standard degrees of ripeness offered by banana distributors, from all green to yellow with brown "sugar spots."
- Because ethylene, the ripening agent, is highly flammable, fatal banana ripening room incidents were common in the early days of this process.
Tip of the hat to finnb
for finding this one first.